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Domestic Abuse Program raises awareness during Human Trafficking Day-Month

The Rape and Domestic Abuse Program raises awareness during Human Trafficking Day-Month.
The Rape and Domestic Abuse Program raises awareness during Human Trafficking Day-Month.(Beatriz Reyna)
Published: Jan. 11, 2021 at 5:51 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. It’s part of an awareness campaign to educate people on the industry that affects hundreds of people in Nebraska.

The Rape and Domestic Abuse Program in North Platte is giving extra attention to the subject to help combat the problem.

According to the Human Traffic Initiative researchers through Creighton University about 900 individuals are sold for sex, often multiple times, online in Nebraska each month. In fact, the majority of the time they’re being sold by someone they know and trust.

About 2% of RDAP’s clients are victims of human trafficking.

“What we are seeing now is they don’t necessarily come in for human trafficking, they’ll come in for domestic violence of domestic assault,” said Amber Garza, RDAP Community Engagement Coordinator. “They also may not even know that that is what’s going on with them because some are born into it and don’t really realize what is going on.”

The non-profit organization is currently working on a community assessment project in conjunction with law enforcement and the bridge of hope to better serve victims of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence.

“We want to know what gaps we are missing, what we’re lacking and why people don’t reach out for our services?,” Garza said. “Do they know what we do and that we can help them, that it is free and confidential? Education-wise, what does our school system need or what they are doing and how can we help.”

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